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Bill Gates: Modern day Robin Hood or cheating, manipulater?

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1. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 8y

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/g/gates_bill_and_melinda_foundation/index.html?inline=nyt-org

What do u think about Bill Gates?
Does the fact that he gives generously to worthy causes make up for his unfair play businesswise?
Do u love him, hate him, admire him, other?

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 19, 2008, at 3:22 AM by Mel. ]

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

Is there a fair business?

Anyway, he could choose not to donate money as well...but he did.

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

I agree--he doesn't have to give. Whatever his motives, he's still helping people who would have gone without. Plus you can't really question people's motives in situations like this. It's a personal thing.

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

I'm personally not a big Microsoft fan, but that doesn't mean I don't admire Bill Gates. What is there not to admire? You might not agree with his business ethics, but what he's achieved is admirable. On top of that he gives away an insane amount of money, something a lot of other billionaires don't do (not at the same level at least). So yes, I fall in the admire group. But you should still buy an Apple - I admire Steve Jobs more :)

5. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 8y

The guy donates more money than anyone to ACTUAL worthwhile causes. This makes him admireable in my eyes. Business is business. You have to do what you can to make the bucks. The problem is, most of the people in the higher echelons of big business are very, very greedy and only think of themselves. There are those who personally can make 20 million per year and donate $10,000 to a single cause within that time frame.

6. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 8y

it's like me donating $10 a year when comparing wealth gained, and since I donated over $10,000 last year I think he should push the boat out a little more (oh bet he takes the tax deductions !!!)

7. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 8y

I would admire him, because at least he cares.
He could be like the majority of rich and famous people spend their wealth for nonesense stuff (i.e. Michael Jackson's fairyland zoo) or for waste.
At lease he donates his wealth for good workes.

8. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Quoting kombizz

I would admire him, because at least he cares.
He could be like the majority of rich and famous people spend their wealth for nonesense stuff (i.e. Michael Jackson's fairyland zoo) or for waste.
At lease he donates his wealth for good workes.

Here's your chance to do good in the world. Buy it at the foreclosure sale, auction off everything and climb on board with Bill Gates. (I admire what Gates is doing philanthropically.)